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Kings’ Malik Monk named sixth NBA finalist for man of the year

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The Sacramento Kings had their season come to an abrupt end after Friday’s loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, but they will have one more chance to be recognized for their successes. Sacramentos Malik monk has been named a finalist for the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award.

Monk joins Minnesota Timberwolves Naz Reid and Milwaukee Bucks’ Bobby Portis as the three candidates and many fans have started discussions about who is more deserving of the award.

Monk came off the bench in all 72 appearances, averaging 15.4 points and 5.1 assists per game with 44.3/35.0/82.9 shooting splits. Sacramento’s star bench spark was crucial to their success until Monk went down with a season-ending injury that caused him to miss the final nine games and the Play-In tournament.

Monk’s season-ending injury likely hurt his chances of walking away with the award, as he was a heavy favorite among all betting platforms to win before suffering his MCL sprain.

His best competition is Reid, who has shined all season. Reid’s chances of winning the award increased when Monk went down with an injury and Reid moved into Minnesota’s starting lineup. The Timberwolves big man averaged 13.5 points and 5.2 rebounds per game on 47.7/41.4/73.6 shooting splits.

Reid’s numbers saw a significant jump when he was moved into the starting lineup, which should certainly be a point of discussion when determining the league’s best bench player.

The third finalist, Portis, has been crucial to Milwaukee’s success, but isn’t as high-profile a candidate as the other two. Portis averaged 13.8 points and 7.4 rebounds per game with 50.8/40.7/79.0 splits, achieving similar stats to Monk and Reid, but with better efficiency.

In the end, all three of these candidates could take home the prize, and that wouldn’t be a surprise. Most Kings fans would argue that Monk did enough to secure the award, but his injury certainly hurt his chances.

The NBA will announce the winner of each season’s award during the playoffs, beginning April 23.

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